SOUTH CAROLINA FACTOIDS
South Carolina is one of the original American Colonies with a rich history and culture shaped by European, African and Caribbean influences. It offers everything from sunny beaches and recreational lakes to historic towns and scenic mountains. The many beautiful waterfalls of South Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountain Upcountry include the tallest falls in the Southeastern United States. There are 400+ golf courses in SC!
Population: South Carolina was the nation's tenth fastest-growing state, with a population growth rate of 1.7 percent from July 1, 2007, to July 1, 2008, according to the latest population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Much of the increase was due to domestic migration, meaning more people moved into the state than moved out. South Carolina now has a population of more than 4.4 million. Both Greenwood County and Laurens County populations are just under 70,000 each. Abbeville County has 25,000+. Newberry County is 36,000+. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, December 2008.
Name: Named in honor of England's King Charles I
State Bird: South Carolina Wren
Fall Foliage Peak Period: In South Carolina's Upcountry, plan on the 2nd-4th weeks in October as a general rule. Peak foliage for the remainder of the state occurs late October through early November.
Interstates: The two major Interstates are I-26 and I-385. For the Greenwood area, look for highways/routes 10, 25, 34, 72, 178, 221, 702, 254, & 264.
Cost of living: SC is below the national average in terms of cost of housing, groceries, utilities, transportation, health care & misc. goods.
Taxes: SC has one of the lowest per capita tax rates in the country according U.S. Bureau of the Census. A few tax details:
Education: Average expediture per pupil: $8585. Pupil/teacher ratio: 15.0.
A Few Famous South Carolinians:
Economic Recognition & Stats: